Updated August 16, 2021: Following several Arizona school districts’ defiance of the Arizona Legislature’s ban on mask mandates in schools signed by Gov. Doug Ducey, President Joe Biden offered praise for doing the “right thing for the health and well-being of their students, teachers, and schools.”
Phoenix Union High School District in particular was praised for leading the charge in mandating masks for school campuses.
Today, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner denied the temporary restraining order in Phoenix Union High School District teacher Douglas Hester’s lawsuit against the district’s mask policy noting that the law is not effective until Sept. 29, and that the law’s retroactivity clause is not an emergency clause and cannot be used to avoid the two-thirds vote requirement to make a law effective immediately.
In addition, Judge Warner denied Phoenix Union High School District’s motion to dismiss the case and granted Hester leave to file an amended complaint within 45 days once the law becomes effective.
Several Florida school districts have also mandated masks despite a similar statewide ban, although there have been threats from the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis to withhold salaries from superintendents and school board members should they require masks in schools.
Over 800 Florida doctors rip “reckless” COVID response from Ron DeSantis https://t.co/8YNyt3rZmd— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 13, 2021
Parents whose children are enrolled in districts with mask mandates can request exemptions by filling out forms available through the district websites. https://t.co/Zr7D7wnSay— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 14, 2021
“It is the position of the Governor’s office that the individuals who choose to violate the law should be held accountable for their decisions,” said Christina Pushaw, press secretary for Gov. DeSantis.
A lawsuit has been brought against the State of Arizona by education and children’s advocacy groups and several individuals over the law passed by the Arizona Legislature in the budget bills signed by Gov. Doug Ducey that prohibits school mask mandates.
You can read more below. RT & share widely. https://t.co/04qnvWzc2z— AZ Advocacy Network (@AZadvocacy) August 16, 2021
More than 160 attorneys sign onto a letter urging the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution requiring universal masking in schools.— Danielle Lerner (@DanielleLerner) August 16, 2021
The Pima County BOS is set to revisit a mask mandate this week. pic.twitter.com/ldEUx9ogpp
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 967,862 today up from yesterday’s 965,462 and 18,464 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 2,400 cases and no deaths. The vaccines work. Nearly all COVID-19 cases and virtually all hospitalizations and deaths occurring right now are among those who aren’t fully vaccinated. #RollUpYourSleeve https://t.co/Jee07sl42f pic.twitter.com/w9bKo6ZgQU— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) August 16, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 610,724 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 123,403 in Pima County, 59,552 in Pinal County, 38,292 in Yuma County, 26,890 in Mohave County, 22,186 in Yavapai County, 19,204 in Coconino County, 17,774 in Navajo County, 12,663 in Cochise County, 12,067 in Apache County, 8,346 in Santa Cruz County, 7,644 in Gila County, 5,838 in Graham County, 2,628 in La Paz County and 651 in Greenlee County.
*UPDATED WEEK OF 8/15*— Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (@ASUBiodesign) August 16, 2021
Free #Covid19 saliva testing continues in Arizona in partnership w/@AZDHS:
– Use agency code SALIVATEST
– Drive-thru available
– Results typically < 48hrs
– Ages 5+
– Bring QR code (no ID req)
Register: https://t.co/bogIAKKMgo #Delta
Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)
Queen Creek High School, Queen Creek Junior High, and Newell Barney Junior High come together for a weekend of cheer.
CHEERING TOGETHER 📣: 3 cheer programs come together over the weekend to dance, do stunts and build teamwork! A great example of building and bonding as a team here in QCUSD!— Queen Creek Unified School District (@qcusd) August 16, 2021
Cheer from QCHS Varsity and JV Cheer, Queen Creek Junior High, and Newell Barney Junior High. #qcleads pic.twitter.com/p62IFij2Uz
Coronado Elementary School students dress up for Color Week.
Students of all ages at Coronado Elementary joined in and dressed up for Kindergarten’s Color Week this last Friday! Check out this awesome school spirit! pic.twitter.com/MLR6nz6pyn— Higley Schools (@higleydistrict) August 14, 2021
Share your best Monday Motivation with Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
M: Mindset— Maricopa Community Colleges (@mcccd) August 16, 2021
D: Doable steps
Y: You got this.
To set a positive tone for the week, share YOUR favorite #MondayMotivation quotes or sayings that help you get through the day with your head held high. 🧠 🌟 pic.twitter.com/6VM9LM0yt7
Creighton Elementary School District to hold free health screenings August 18.
CFRC Health Fair on August 18, from 9:00AM-12:00PM.— Creighton School District (@csdsocial) August 13, 2021
The Primary Prevention Mobile Unit provides:
Pfizer COVID vaccines for 12+
Blood pressure screening
Blood glucose screening
Appointments available and walk-ins welcome
For questions call 602-381-4605 pic.twitter.com/h4eJXSUiy4
Littleton Elementary School District aims to positively improve students’ behaviors in school.
#LESD65 CDWM #2 is “Do my thoughts help or hurt?” When children realize that their actions & words stem from their thoughts, they can learn to think & act positively. These behaviors can foster an enhanced and productive school learning environment. #LESDCares #CharacterCounts pic.twitter.com/FqVW4iVD1v— Littleton ESD 65 (@LESD65) August 16, 2021
Vail Unified School District teams up with homeschool students for fun games and new programs.
Sahuarita High School celebrates its Mustang Family.
Check the previous week’s health information in Flagstaff Unified School District.
Follow Yuma High School’s guidance on COVID-19 cases in schools.
Gilbert High School releases its weekly newsletter.
Updated August 12, 2021: “So what’s left to do? Masks. It’s a simple, straightforward answer,” said Dr. Sean Elliott, an infectious disease pediatrician in Tucson. “That’s how we can get through this pandemic, absolutely that’s what we need to do in a school setting.”
At a press conference this Wednesday, several Arizona health experts urged mask mandates and other preventative measures in schools to tame the increased spread of COVID-19, especially the new and more infectious delta variant.
Many hospitals are already seeing increased admissions among children for COVID-19. “Some with severe illness requiring admission to the hospital, sometimes to the ICU, as well as kids with common cold symptoms,” said Dr. Atsuko Koyama. She also stressed that many children and teens may have lasting symptoms.
“Masks are really most effective or, you can say, only effective if they’re universally applied,” said Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
Governor Doug Ducey’s ban on mask mandates goes into full effect this September. Many school districts have already defied the order and are requiring masks on campus.
BREAKING: Following the lead of Arizona’s public universities, the Valley’s community college system on Thursday updated its policy to require face masks inside all campus facilities and offices. https://t.co/eQ71ihUlYU— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) August 12, 2021
Buckeye Elementary School District Bulldogs start their benchmark testing.
Taking our Benchmark testing and students are showing work and writing out the question stems to ensure they are trying their hardest! Go Bulldogs! pic.twitter.com/23sJjF4IJj— MsBleau (@LearnerMrsBleau) August 12, 2021
Arizona Conservatory for Arts and Academics students practice calisthenics.
What a great way to mix fun, being active, and learning Calisthenics. Roll the dice on the parachute while moving to learn your workout. Awesome! #acaastrong #fitness #FitnessMotivation pic.twitter.com/gP6km1gceR— Evan Tiras (@EvanTiras) August 12, 2021
Congrats to the Queen Creek Junior High School volleyball team for their win against Payne Junior High School!
8th grade Volleyball wins their first game against Payne! They had three very close games! Winning the 1st: 25-23, losing the 2nd: 17-25, and winning the 3rd: 15-12.— QCJHS (@QCJH_Athletics) August 12, 2021
Great job Lady Wildcats! 🏐#gowildcats #wildcats #qcleads pic.twitter.com/pi5K5khHVa
Flagstaff Unified School District celebrates its first day of school.
Thank you to our wonderful staff and families for making today a great first day of school! Watch a slideshow of the first day of school here: https://t.co/niy8GJM1kB— Flagstaff Unified School District (@FlagstaffUSD1) August 12, 2021
Perry High School’s gym may be named after longtime principal.
Centennial Elementary School teachers and staff held a Space Jam pep assembly for students.
Tune in to Sahurarita Unified School District’s board meeting this evening.
Desert Willow Elementary School students learn about erosion in an outside classroom.
Check out Cartwright School District’s virtual STEM/STEAM programs!
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is still adding in-person classes.
Hey, we’re adding even more in-person classes this fall! Bad news for your fur babies, but great news for you! (Break it to them gently). Request more info at https://t.co/9OASO70AHx. pic.twitter.com/p8M6cYTxxw— Chandler-Gilbert CC (@chandlergilbert) August 12, 2021
Updated August 11, 2021: Wearing masks likely has little impact on children’s development of speech, social cues, empathy and emotion, researchers say.
Ashley Ruba, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Child Emotion Lab, found that children’s ability to guess and understand facial cues were more or less consistent both with and without masks.
While evidence doesn’t seem to support a gap in development, one professor says masking up is more important regardless.
“Balancing that with the risk of someone dying of the coronavirus — when all the evidence we have indicates that they will catch up and they will be OK — just doesn’t seem worth it to me.”
COVID-19 cases among kids and young adults in #Arizona continue to increase. This week, they make up 27% of cases, up from 22% last week, according to data from the Department of Health Services and our @Garrett_Archer— Nick Ciletti (@NickCiletti) August 11, 2021
Speech pathologists have already been helping children by using clear masks.
“Our transition to the new normal of communicating with face masks was quick and smooth,” said pathologists Divya Swaminathan and Shoba Meera.
Amidst a growing number of schools requiring or strong suggesting wearing masks on campus, parents need not worry about social development affected by face coverings.
In-person learning is still crucial to children’s social and emotional well-being, the CDC said on August 5.
Gilbert Public Schools preschoolers see frogs after heavy rains.
The rain has brought much needed moisture to the Boulder Creek Elementary Garden! Amanecer Preschool students even saw frogs! pic.twitter.com/0XE2Lu2793— GPS Preschool (@GPSPreschool) August 11, 2021
Mesa high schoolers may qualify for free tuition to Mesa Community College.
Eligible high school graduates who reside in the City of Mesa can attend Mesa Community College for two years with Arizona resident tuition & fees fully funded through the #MesaCollegePromise program. Applications are still being accepted. 👇🏽 https://t.co/AvVkwSBQOB @mesacc pic.twitter.com/Ve5FIWvxu9— Francisco Heredia (@MesaDistrict3) August 11, 2021
Meet the new Desert Sage PTO Board!
Here’s your 21-22 PTO Board & we are excited to be your board! We got (from right to left) Steph-President; Mandy-VP; Rowena-VP of Tech; Eva-VP of Fundraising; Carolyn-Treasurer. We have 2 spots open: Secretary & VP of Events. If interested email email@example.com. pic.twitter.com/HS5CGFeJAc— Desert Sage PTO (@DesertSagePTO) August 10, 2021
The Basha High School band enjoys a beautiful night of practice.
Find out why student teachers can be crucial to everyone’s education, courtesy of Edutopia.
When you have a student teacher, learning can go in both directions. ✨https://t.co/m4dIP3g2TK— edutopia (@edutopia) August 11, 2021
Deer Valley Unified School District students practice their geometry.
Queen Creek Unified School District GPA Aviators strengthen their English skills.
Sycamore Elementary unveils new playground for students.
Get ready for picture day in the Ajo Unified School District.
The Justine Spitalny School is still looking for boys’ and girls’ soccer coaches.
Updated August 10, 2021: Nearly 94,000 children have had confirmed cases of COVID-19 and make up 15% of all newly reported COVID-19 cases across the nation for the week ending August 5.
Coronavirus cases among children are rising at a time when the highly infectious delta variant is advancing across the United States at a rapid clip. Nearly 94,000 child cases of coronavirus were recorded during the week ending on August 5th. https://t.co/lYwDmiQHQ2— NPR (@NPR) August 10, 2021
The City of Phoenix says COVID-19 testing is surging among school-age children.
The city of Phoenix is reporting the number of those seeking a COVID-19 test at its mobile unit in the last two weeks has quadrupled with the new delta variant of the virus taking hold in Arizona.@Ali_Vetnar has more:https://t.co/TkBBYu1FYv— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) August 11, 2021
Littleton Elementary School District in Avondale has quarantined 16 classrooms during the first 10 days of school and more than 400 students and staff are at home.
Just confirmed…. @LESD65 in Avondale has quarantined 16 classrooms in the first ten days of school.— Steve Irvin (@Steve_Irvin) August 11, 2021
More than 400 students/staff currently out.
In the first five days of school, Scottsdale Unified School District has had 22 active COVID-19 cases, and 203 students quarantined and 280 students families called students in absent with COVID-like symptoms.
@ScottsdaleUSD:— Steve Irvin (@Steve_Irvin) August 11, 2021
22 active cases
87 students sent home
203 students quarantined
280 “called in” with COVID-like symptoms.
School has been in session 5 days.
In response to the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant and the inability of children under 12 years old to be vaccinated for COVID-19 yet, Flagstaff Unified School District’s Governing Board has joined several other school district across the state in requiring masks for all students, staff and campus visitors until Sept. 29.
Thank you to @FlagstaffUSD1 for keeping our children, educators and Flagstaff community safe.— AZEdUnited (@AZEdUnited) August 11, 2021
That is 9 districts that have put our children first and fulfilled their sacred duty to ensure their safety. #WEnotME #TogetherAgainstCovid
Phoenix Union High School District Supt. Dr. Chad Gestson said “We’re worried about our children,” and said the the district will continue to require that students, staff and campus visitors wear mask indoors since all 32 schools within the district have high spread of COVID-1 currently.
‘Our job is to protect’: Even under threat of legal action, Superintendent Chad Gestson is defending the district’s mask mandate that defies Gov. Ducey’s order. https://t.co/GF1Fc6ttnF— 12 News (@12News) August 11, 2021
The district was the first school district to defy the recent law prohibiting schools from mandating masks on campus. The legislation was part of the budget package and was signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.
Need a walk-up vaccination opportunity 💉? PXU is offering the Pfizer vaccine at ALL of our campuses on a rotational basis! Tomorrow’s sites are Central HS, Cesar Chavez HS, & Maryvale HS from 12pm-6pm. For the full schedule, visit https://t.co/6e5hW1v5Nm 💻. pic.twitter.com/lSlAq5RG92— PXU (@PhoenixUnion) August 11, 2021
2-year-old Benjamin Olson and Mary O’Neill, who is just shy of 100 years old, formed a special bond during the pandemic through the fence that separates their yards. – @NBCNightlyNews https://t.co/CxDe1uGyyz— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 11, 2021
See what students are learning in math class in Peoria Unified School District.
Arithmetic Challenge! Using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, Coyote Hills 8th grade students solved equations using the same number to equal other target numbers. Math for the win! #PeoriaUnifiedPride pic.twitter.com/wOJUcyjQ5h— Peoria Unified (@PeoriaUnified11) August 10, 2021
See how Mesa Public Schools career and technical education students are helping younger students.
Our CTE students aren’t only skilled critical thinkers and problem solvers, they are kind and community-focused. Incredible work, Jackrabbits! We can’t wait to see these bikes put to good use by our very own students. https://t.co/IZuTGDDACs— Mesa Public Schools (@mpsaz) August 5, 2021
The Arizona Educator Peer Support Program is there for teachers and school administrators to help them alleviate stress and more.
Educators, have you heard of the AZ Educator Peer Support Program? Designed to provide emotional support to educators & school administrators, this free program pairs them with a trained peer coach who can help alleviate stress & offer resources as needed during the school year! pic.twitter.com/vukGBRRnZq— Arizona Department of Education (@azedschools) August 10, 2021
See how interdisciplinary experiential learning can help middle and high school students examine injustice.
From flexibility to experiential learning, here’s a dive into the 4 pillars of Textured Teaching.https://t.co/7AVSjNdbzb— edutopia (@edutopia) August 11, 2021
See why Save Our Schools is working to rescind the flat tax that severely reduces education funding voters approved in the 2020 election.
It is abundantly clear that the goal of Gov. Ducey & the AZ Legislative majority is to defund, discredit & privatize public education. But who profits from the pay-to-play system they’re pushing?https://t.co/4TZDjXLYyo— Save Our Schools AZ (@arizona_sos) August 11, 2021
Deer Valley Unified School District celebrated their students’ and teachers’ achievements this summer at their online academy Aspire.
Arizona Council on Economic Education suggests games that help students learn more about creating budgets and developing net worth.
Learning, earning, and investing are key components to a sound financial life, yet many topics are tough to understand. See how games let students explore net pay, budgets, variable vs fixed expenses, and net worth in this webinar from @CouncilEconEd. https://t.co/3rYGPqu0p5 pic.twitter.com/CF2SygJVzU— AZ Council Econ Ed (@AzCouncilEconEd) August 9, 2021
Seeking a career that helps students every day? Take a look that these opportunities in Dysart Unified School District.
We’re hiring cafeteria staff for multiple sites in Dysart! Employment is by SFE in partnership with Dysart. Applications can be completed in person at our office at Support Services, 13825 W Desert Cove Rd, Surprise. Call 623-876-7075 for more info! pic.twitter.com/qp9DJN6Z36— Dysart Schools (@DysartUSD) August 10, 2021
See one way, Arizona State University is trying to increase vaccination rates.
As a thank-you to those who choose to get their COVID-19 vaccine, ASU will be continuing our Summer of Care campaign throughout August. Five great prizes will be introduced every Monday for four weeks.— ASU Student Life (@ASUStudentLife) August 2, 2021
Find out how you can be entered! https://t.co/407b7of7ZI pic.twitter.com/tUjId7GHjk
University of Arizona also urges students to get vaccinated and wear masks indoors to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
The University of Arizona is urging students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear face masks indoors when the fall semester begins with full in-person classes in two weeks.https://t.co/sq5wfC6mL7— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) August 11, 2021
Updated August 9, 2021: Prescott Unified School District has issued COVID waivers to parents, absolving the schools of any responsibility for COVID outbreaks or complications, azfamily reports.
“They know it’s wrong,” said one parent.
Some parents in the Prescott Unified School District are concerned after receiving a waiver from the district last week putting the responsibility on parents for any COVID-related issues.https://t.co/BAotb5LfoW pic.twitter.com/Z1dAQbWan0— azfamily 3TV CBS 5 (@azfamily) August 9, 2021
Following Gov. Doug Ducey’s signing legislation in the budget package banning mask mandates in schools, reactions on either side have ranged from lawsuits to noncompliance, making COVID protection guidelines a grey area.
“We’re trying to help people, we’re trying to communicate better and more generally,” Prescott Unified School District Supt. Joe Howard said.
Prescott parents fear that the waivers imply the schools are not doing as much as they can to protect students.
“It pretty much guarantees that there will be COVID outbreaks there,” said another Prescott parent.
Meanwhile, Brophy Prep, a private school in Phoenix, has issued a mask mandate and urges parents to get their children vaccinated, azfamily reports.
Principal Bob Ryan said, “Although we know that young people are less likely to suffer serious effects from COVID, they can be carriers of the virus and can spread it to vulnerable members of our community,”
Brophy Prep students who are not vaccinated will be subject to bi-weekly COVID tests to prevent outbreaks of the virus.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 948,245 today up from yesterday’s 946,054 and 18,388 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 2,191 cases and no deaths. The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will help protect you without having to be sick. https://t.co/wPAbBzwTVE pic.twitter.com/dlxOlYEf0r— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) August 9, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 597,401 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 121,770 in Pima County, 57,868 in Pinal County, 37,922 in Yuma County, 26,141 in Mohave County, 21,578 in Yavapai County, 18,893 in Coconino County, 17,526 in Navajo County, 12,530 in Cochise County, 11,871 in Apache County, 8,276 in Santa Cruz County, 7,495 in Gila County, 5,740 in Graham County, 2,603 in La Paz County and 631 in Greenlee County.
*UPDATED WEEK OF 8/8*— Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (@ASUBiodesign) August 9, 2021
Free #Covid19 saliva testing continues in Arizona in partnership w/@AZDHS:
– Use agency code SALIVATEST
– Drive-thru available
– Results typically < 48hrs
– Ages 5+
– Bring QR code (no ID req)
Register: https://t.co/bogIAL2nEY #DeltaVariant #ASUResearch
Riggs Elementary preschoolers learn through finger painting.
Classroom Spotlight: Riggs Elementary preschool students in Carolyn Jester’s class practice fine motor skills through finger-painting! #WeAreChandlerUnified @RiggsElementary @durgey pic.twitter.com/h4cpnTZhwp— Chandler Unified SD (@ChandlerUnified) August 9, 2021
Pickett Elementary students practice critical thinking with coding and robots.
Students @FBPE_QCUSD used @Ozobot robots to do a coding exercise with colors. These cool robots learn their code from a series of color sequences. Great critical thinking! @QCUSD_Super @qcusd #QCLeads pic.twitter.com/iGkwwuTgqA— LaFawn Berry (@qcsciencecoach) August 9, 2021
KVOA News comes to Valencia Middle School for a school supply drive.
. @KVOA is at Valencia Middle School (@valencia_jags) today collecting school supplies! The live drives will take place at noon, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. newscasts. A supply list can be found here: https://t.co/xoWme5Icud. Thank you for supporting #TucsonUnified! #PROUD2BTUSD🍎 https://t.co/mUgeSOR73l— Tucson Unified (@tucsonunified) August 9, 2021
The University of Arizona assists with climate change research.
The University of Arizona has again contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (@IPCC_CH) report, with paleoclimatologist Jessica Tierney (@leafwax) helping pen much of the section on drought and aridity. https://t.co/puSgs1Fp7V pic.twitter.com/hciLo8RWut— University of Arizona (@uarizona) August 9, 2021
Students and families use Intel AI to prepare for the workplace at Mesa Community College.
Penny and her mother Stacy prepare to enter the workforce for the first time in our @Intel Artificial Intelligence program. Together, they learn about #AI, machine learning, and innovative ways to implement them in the real world. Now that’s inspiring! 👏 https://t.co/4Oak4QSYak pic.twitter.com/LkPDiCMP6d— Maricopa Community Colleges (@mcccd) August 7, 2021
Sahuarita High School holds tryouts for many of its sports programs.
A reminder for Ajo Unified School District students to get their sports physicals:
Vail School District students enjoy time with therapy dogs.
Come spin the back to school wheel at Morenci Unified School District.
Updated August 5, 2021: A group of pediatricians and family doctors delivered a letter signed by more than 150 Arizona physicians to Gov. Doug Ducey Thursday that praises school districts which have defied the state law banning mask mandates by schools that was included in the budget that Gov. Ducey signed.
The letter asks Gov. Ducey to mandate masks in all K-12 schools in the state.
Several Arizona school districts – Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix Elementary School District, Osborn Elementary School District, Roosevelt Elementary School District, Tucson Unified School District, Creighton Elementary School District and Washington Elementary School District – have decided to require students, staff and visitors to wear masks on campus in response to high COVID-19 transmission rates in their communities, the more infection delta variant making up a rising number of cases and children under 12 not being approved yet to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Today, a private school – Brophy College Preparatory – has said it will require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or get regularly tested for it.
Though the law includes a provision saying the ban on mask mandates is retroactive, it does not officially take effect until September 29.
“The sole legal issue for right now is the law is not in effect,” said Mary O’Grady , attorney for Phoenix Union High School District.
A Phoenix school district wants a lawsuit over its mask mandate, which could be a test case for other districts, dismissed, arguing that a state law banning such policy isn’t in effect yet.https://t.co/4knuLM3lOt— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) August 5, 2021
As cases continue to rise in schools, the need for COVID-19 precautions becomes clearer to school leaderss and parents alike, said Toltec Elementary School District Superintendent Denise Rogers.
“We must all work together to reduce the cases and exposure within our community,” Supt. Rogers said.
VACCINE EVENT: Check out @PhoenixUnion #SpreadLoveNotCovid Pfizer vaccine oppty. for anyone 12+ tomorrow 8/6 at two Wesley health/commty ctr. locations and Sat 8/7 at MetroTech HS. Free backpacks & Lyft rides. More info: 602-764-1500 or https://t.co/tck25PxFwL pic.twitter.com/XjyggLVo2J— Public Health (@Maricopahealth) August 5, 2021
Campo Verde High School Coyotes enjoy their first day of school.
We had a great first day of school today! Students were engaged in connecting and building relationships! @CVHSYotes @CampoActivities @LNContreras @CampoStudentSec @GPS_District #CampoWay pic.twitter.com/AT0wl11PuJ— CVHS Mr. Dumas (@CVHSMrDumas) August 5, 2021
Troy Schools District administrators prepare for the new school year.
Welcome Back TSD Admin! So grateful to be a part of this incredible team! Thank you @DrTonyWagner for your inspiration today! It’s going to be a great year! #passionpurposeplay #onetroy @troyschools @RMMachesky @KGriffor @NHaezebrouck pic.twitter.com/NiW8tWVUJf— Christine DiPilato (@cdipedu) August 4, 2021
Pueblo Elementary School kindergarteners are starting off strong in their first week of school.
Queen Creek Junior High students prepare for future careers.
8th grade is kicking off the year strong with #ECAP 🎓 The @MajorClarity platform assists students with career path exploration to help them light a bright future 💡 @QCJHWildcats pic.twitter.com/0FI3nifDP5— QCJH Counseling (@QCJHCounseling) August 4, 2021
Higley Unified School District shares safety tips about school bus transportation.
With the start of the new school year, it’s important to remember school bus safety do’s and don’ts.— Higley Schools (@higleydistrict) August 5, 2021
Check out this video from @GilbertPolice for important reminders. Thank you for helping keep our students safe!https://t.co/y2yofCkoJb
Welcome back Chaparral High School Firebirds!
Enrolled Ajo Unified School District students can enjoy free meals, and paid meals are available for adults.
Page Unified School District is looking for employees for its Food and Nutrition Department.
Check out Sahuarita High School’s back to school essentials!
Raul H. Castro Middle School welcomes back its students and staff.
Updated August 4, 2021: The Phoenix Union High School District (PXU) appeared in court today at 10 a.m. after Metro Tech High School teacher Douglas Hester filed a lawsuit against the school’s mask mandate.
PXU has moved to dismiss the case and the school governing board will be meeting next on Thursday, August 5, at 6 p.m. The next court hearing is scheduled for August 13 at 9 a.m.
UPSHOT Hearing on bio teacher Douglas Hester’s challenge to @PhoenixUnion mask mandate is over:— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) August 4, 2021
▶️ PHX Union will move to dismiss b/c state law isn’t law yet. Also says Hester shows no harm done by MM.
▶️ Next court hearing 9am 8/13
▶️ PHX Union board meets 6pm Thursday
A biology teacher has filed suit against @PhoenixUnion High School District over its mask mandate, which contradicts a state law that prohibits mask requirements in schools.#azfamily#COVID— Spencer Blake (@spencerjblake) August 4, 2021
FULL STORY: https://t.co/W8JcCwivR8 pic.twitter.com/T1Rf4e0Bcs
Said Alexander Kolodin, Hester’s attorney, “We’re just asking the court to say, one, the policies and procedures that the Phoenix Union High School District have enacted are unlawful and they can’t do it anymore.”
Governor Doug Ducey’s June 30 law banning schools from enforcing mask mandates has met opposition from both sides. Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Chad Gestson claimed that the law is not important in the context of protecting students and staff, adding on, “My responsibility is to educate our kids.”
Several other school districts, including Tucson Unified, Phoenix Elementary, Osborn Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary, have also adopted mask mandates in light of surging cases of the highly infectious delta variant.
Osborn and Roosevelt school districts in Phoenix are the latest to implement campus mask mandates. https://t.co/8HJ2MUx20C— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) August 4, 2021
TUSD board votes to require masks on campuses – AZPM https://t.co/NYNiM2eT0n— Arizona 360 (@AZ360show) August 4, 2021
I believe that brings it to five districts — Osborn, Roosevelt and now Washington elementary districts — Phoenix Union and Tucson Unified, that have voted to require masks.— Nathan Brown (@NateBrownNews) August 4, 2021
These decisions come as school districts are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks as students start classes.
How is the Delta variant impacting kids?— JOSH SANDERS he/him/his (@JoshSandersTV) August 4, 2021
An east valley mom who’s 5yo kindergartner tested positive for COVID-19 despite wearing a mask and the parent being fully vaccinated.
American Pediatrics Academy found Arizona ranks 2nd in Covid related deaths among kids. @12News pic.twitter.com/LNDQSQaStE
Some Valley school districts are dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19 as students return to campus. https://t.co/R1uI0ek3cP— 12 News (@12News) August 4, 2021
Both the varsity and JV football teams will be put on “pause” at Tempe’s Desert Vista High School, after possible COVID-19 exposure. The pause will affect more than 100 players.https://t.co/eZnR1tsr60 pic.twitter.com/toTJgaq07r— azfamily 3TV CBS 5 (@azfamily) August 4, 2021
This afternoon, Washington Elementary School District‘s Governing Board voted today to to require masks on campus, while allowing families who prefer their children to not wear masks at school an opt-out form that can be presented and signed in person with proof of medical decision making.
Some Valley school districts are dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19 as students return to campus. https://t.co/R1uI0ek3cP— 12 News (@12News) August 4, 2021
Chandler Unified School District’s Rice Elementary discusses their diversity and similarities.
#SchoolSpotlight: “Let’s Taco ‘Bout Me” was the way @RiceElem opened their school year! Students and staff could share what is unique about themselves. Celebrating the diversity of their community & finding their similarities has been an incredible way to open the year. pic.twitter.com/cvQeVe8hgq— Chandler Unified SD (@ChandlerUnified) August 4, 2021
Revisit Flagstaff Unified School District’s 2021-2022 School Year Webinar in case you missed it:
Higley Unified School District welcomes students back to its Early Childhood Development Centers.
We are excited to have all of our students back at school, including preschoolers at our Early Childhood Development Centers! pic.twitter.com/NXDHsue49Z— Higley Schools (@higleydistrict) August 3, 2021
Katherine Mecham Barney Elementary School students learn to write their numbers.
Tucson Unified School District offers free counseling to students in partnership with the University of Arizona.
This back to school season, @tucsonunified is emphasizing the importance of mental health 🧠❤️ The district is connecting families with FREE counseling through a partnership with @uarizona. https://t.co/u9ozcVIbrd— Megan Meier (@meganmeierKGUN) August 3, 2021
Rincon Vista Middle School students create sidewalk art using math.
Sahuarita Unified School District’s Superintendent has released a new letter to parents:
Morenci High School’s soccer team is searching for volunteer coaches.
Williams Field High School welcomes its new Boys’ Basketball Coach.
New Story: Welcome, Coach Williams! https://t.co/DEbSS06vKf— Williams Field (@WFHighSchool) August 2, 2021
Native American history and culture is being taught in more and more public schools.
Updated Aug. 3, 2021: School bus drivers share how to safely drive around school buses and students to keep everyone safe.
Here’s why driving safely around students is so important.
Teen hit, seriously injured near Betty H. Fairfax High School in Laveen https://t.co/EOxfq6hSmC— azcentral (@azcentral) August 4, 2021
Phoenix Union High School District let families know that masks were strongly suggested and would be mandatory for school before the first day and since then Phoenix Elementary School District and several others have followed suit.
PXU Families, please see below for our updated mask requirements for the first day of school next Monday, August 2. pic.twitter.com/ROnVdhr4do— PXU (@PhoenixUnion) July 30, 2021
We are ready to welcome back our students tomorrow👏. All students will need a charged laptop with a charger 💻🔌, a mask 😷, paper and pencil 📓✏️ , and excitement for the first day of school 🎉! See you tomorrow, PXU students! #ThisIsWhoWeAre pic.twitter.com/s9ZOYWmZRs— PXU (@PhoenixUnion) August 2, 2021
This decision allows Roosevelt School District to follow guidance from state and federal health agencies to ensure that we continue to make decisions to protect the health and safety our students, staff, families, and community.— RSD No. 66 (@RSDNo66) August 4, 2021
Those mask mandates go against recent legislation prohibiting school districts from requiring masks on campus that go into effect at the end of September that Gov. Ducey signed as part of the budget, and many are waiting to see what will happen next.
Arizona does not allow mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports or discrimination in schools based on who is or isn’t vaccinated. We’ve passed all of this into law, and it will not change.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 27, 2021
See my statement on the updated CDC guidance: https://t.co/YubNffZpq5
Metro Tech High School biology teacher Douglas Hester’s lawsuit over Phoenix Union High School District’s mask mandate will be heard in a Maricopa County Superior courtroom at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The school year has barely begun in some areas and COVID-19 cases are already an issue. https://t.co/jTqiP3zsIE— 12 News (@12News) August 4, 2021
JUST IN: Banner Health Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Marjorie Bessel says hospitals have seen a 95% increase in Covid-19 patients since July 1 and 300% increase in ventilator usage due to the Delta variant.— JOSH SANDERS he/him/his (@JoshSandersTV) August 3, 2021
The majority are unvaccinated people. @12News
Thank you to @AMG_Pedi for pointing me to this report.— Andrew Carroll, MD (@drcarroll) August 3, 2021
What I find most tragic on this chart is that despite being one of the smaller states in population, we have the 2ND MOST CHILDREN KILLED BY COVID19 IN THE COUNTRY in #Arizona.
Yeah, that was all caps.
Thanks @dougducey pic.twitter.com/jQ2nv5xofL
Rio Rico High School students are building relationships this first week of school.
Hawk Nation, It was a GREAT first day! The senior class showed Out with the senior run & It was REPpin’ time in the classroom as the focus is on building relationships the first week of school. #hawkpride #werep #reppin’ #scv35abovethebar #1stdayofschool @scv35_comm pic.twitter.com/IWpWyWlrC0— Rio Rico High School (@rioricohigh) August 3, 2021
Cactus Shadows High School welcomes students back to campus.
Chandler Unified School District students share their relationship building class projects.
School Spotlight: @sanmarcosbear Elementary third graders in Angie Lockard’s class had fun with their “I’m so sharp” project focusing on building class relationships. #WeAreCharndlerUnified #cusdstory pic.twitter.com/PZKTYDvszd— Chandler Unified SD (@ChandlerUnified) August 3, 2021
Alhambra Elementary School District welcomes 63 new teachers to campuses.
With the first day of school just around the corner, we are extremely proud to welcome ✨63✨ new educators to the Alhambra family. pic.twitter.com/SNaism67if— Alhambra Elementary School District (@alhambra_esd) August 2, 2021
Buckeye Elementary School District honors Kerry Kerr with an award this evening.
Cartwright School District thanks Office Depot for their backpack giveaway for students at John F. Long School.
Thank you @officedepot for your #startproud backpack giveaway @JFLongSchool. We are so thankful & thanks for providing furniture & tech to our teacher Ms. Giuliano she was so surprised! #oneteamunafamilia pic.twitter.com/E7ywtXmkMa— Cartwright District (@CartwrightSD) August 3, 2021
Here are some ways you can make a difference on campus, courtesy Arizona State University.
Getting involved on campus can seem tough, but here are 7️⃣ unexpected ways you can make a difference on campus from #ASUAdulting101! 😈 🔱— Arizona State University (@ASU) August 4, 2021
Check them out ➡️ https://t.co/kmKXHQlNwJ pic.twitter.com/BgSrDsCObE
Flagstaff Unified School District shares the latest mural at Coconino High School.
Check out “Citizens of the Universe,” the newest mural at Coconino High School. Thank you to Flagstaff’s Mural Mice Universal, our staff, and our students for your contributions to the creation of this mural! pic.twitter.com/mS6nN1Kr9f— Flagstaff Unified School District (@FlagstaffUSD1) July 29, 2021
What are the three college resources that incoming freshman should use? Find out in U.S. News & World Report’s article.
There are three campus resources that current college students insist incoming freshmen should be sure to use. https://t.co/4F0vagzSgW— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) August 4, 2021
July 19 to Aug. 2, 2021: Daily schools update: Teens struggle with mental health as school starts
June 20 to July 14, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers ban mask requirements in schools
June 14 to June 17, 2021: Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy
June 1 to June 11, 2021: It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes
May 17 to May 28, 2021: A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t
May 10 to May 14, 2021: Students ready for graduation ceremonies
April 28 to May 3, 2021: Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week for all they do for students
April 21 to April 27, 2021: 3 years after Red for Ed there’s much left to do
April 12 to April 20, 2021: How & why teachers discuss trial with students; Schools keep masks after Gov. rescinds mandate
March 29 to April 9, 2021: Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year
March 15 to March 26: Masks are still required in all schools; Video: Dr. Christ’s news conference today
Feb. 24 to March 11, 2021: COVID-19 aid funds will help AZ students, families & schools
Feb. 2 to Feb. 9: Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address
Jan. 10 – Jan 20: How students engage with Inauguration Day
Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021: Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol
Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks
Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage
July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school
June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise
May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high
April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday
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